Spaghetti and meatballs is a classic Italian-American dish that has been enjoyed by many for generations. This comforting and filling meal is perfect for a family dinner or a gathering with friends. However, cooking spaghetti and meatballs can be time-consuming and requires a lot of effort, especially when it comes to making the meatballs. But, with the help of an Instant Pot, you can make this delicious meal in no time, and with minimal effort. In this article, we will share with you an easy-to-follow recipe for Instant Pot spaghetti and meatballs that you can try at home.
— Ingredients Needed :
- 1 lb frozen meatballs, I use homemade frozen meatballs, but frozen cooked meatballs will work too.
- 8 oz uncooked spaghetti
- 24 oz pasta sauce
- 3 cups water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp basil, for garnish
— How to make it :
Arrange the meatballs in Instant Pot in one layer. Break the spaghetti in half and arrange them over the meatballs.
Drizzle the olive oil over spaghetti. Pour in the pasta sauce and water, making sure spaghetti is completely covered.
Cover and set the Instant Pot to High pressure for 10 minutes. When cooking is done, quick release the pressure and carefully open the lid.
Stir pasta and meatballs together in sauce, then top with parmesan cheese and enjoy right away with fresh basil on top for garnish if desired.
— Pro Tips:
- Be sure to mix the meatball mixture well to ensure that all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Use a cookie scoop or small spoon to portion out the meatballs to ensure they are all the same size.
- Break the spaghetti in half if necessary to fit it in the Instant Pot, but don’t worry about stirring it too much. It will cook evenly in the sauce.
- Use a good quality marinara sauce for the best flavor.
- If you prefer your spaghetti and meatballs saucier, add an additional cup of water or marinara sauce to the pot.
- Make it spicy: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a diced jalapeno to the meatball mixture or the sauce.
- Make it cheesy: Add a handful of shredded mozzarella or provolone cheese to the top of the spaghetti and meatballs before serving.
- Make it veggie-packed: Add diced bell peppers, onions, and/or mushrooms to the sauce before cooking.
- Make it gluten-free: Use gluten-free breadcrumbs and spaghetti.
- Make it lower carb: Use zucchini noodles instead of spaghetti.
- Make it with chicken: Use ground chicken instead of beef for a lighter version.
This Instant Pot spaghetti and meatballs recipe is a quick and easy way to enjoy a classic Italian-American dish without spending hours in the kitchen. With just a few simple ingredients and an Instant Pot, you can have a delicious and comforting meal ready in under 30 minutes. So, gather your family or friends, and enjoy a delicious plate of spaghetti and meatballs together!
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